2017 Young Australian of the Year – fashion designer Paul Vasileff, who hails from Adelaide where the YMCA in Australia was first founded, was special guest speaker at our 100th AGM last Saturday, November 25.
Paul wants to inspire all young Australians about the pursuit of big dreams - and proves that global success can be achieved from anywhere. 27 year old Paul Vasileff has achieved extraordinary success as an international fashion designer. Paul stitched his first dress at age 11, with the help of his grandmother. He graduated from Milan’s prestigious Europeo Istituto di Design and is now the brains behind couture label "Paolo Sebastian". His dresses are all hand-made by his thirteen locally employed staff in Adelaide, and are now favourites on the world’s runways, stocked in boutiques in New York and around the globe, worn by celebrities on the red carpet at the Oscars and Logies.
“To anyone who has a passion, I would say, anything is possible, as long as you work really hard and every day try to do a little better than the day before. See the big picture and the end picture - and you will get there” - Paul Vasileff, 2017 Young Australian of the Year.